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A Chris Prime/Amazon Pine Double Bill

  With the recent appearance of two brand new Chris Pine movies on Amazon Prime Video , I figured there was no better time for a double feature - not to mention a half-decent excuse to hit two movies with one review. The only question was which one to watch first; the action movie or the spy thriller? I went with the action movie. The Contractor  follows James Harper (Pine), a soldier who is unceremoniously discharged from the military after being wounded. Facing money troubles and still wanting to serve, Harper enlists with a private military contractor. His first assignment sends him to Europe to surveil a scientist with possible terrorist ties. But when things go wrong he finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse as he attempts to get home to his family. Tarik Saleh may be going for a Bourne -esque action thriller with The Contractor , but it starts out as something very different. Our introduction to James Harper feels more like a commentary on the plight of wounded military

Wrath of Man | Average Guy Movie Review

A seemingly normal guy joins an armoured truck firm in Los Angeles. But it quickly becomes apparent that 'H' (Jason Statham) is not quite who he says he is. The question is; who is he really, and what is he really up to? A remake of the 2004 French movie Cash Truck  ( Le Convoyeur ), Wrath of Man  is a testosterone-fuelled, albeit dreary tale of a man out for revenge. One that certainly highlights the potential dangers of a career driving armoured trucks. The dreary stylings may be a strange choice for an action movie, but it is actually rather fitting, given that by its very nature, vengeance is a grim business. It doesn't take long for the bullets to start flying in some fairly tense action scenes, as every armed robber in Los Angeles seems to be interested in what these armoured trucks are carrying. Director Guy Ritchie brings a gritty blend of Hollywood action movie tropes as H - with some occasional help from his colleagues - takes on any wannabe robbers. Expect lots o

Boss Level | Average Guy Movie Review

Roy (Frank Grillo) is a man with a problem; everyday he wakes up to the sound of people trying to kill him. But that's not really it. No, the real problem is that they succeed, and Roy has to wake up and do it all over again. That's right, Roy is stuck in a time loop, and he has no idea why. What he does know is that it has something to do with his ex-wife Jemma (Naomi Watts) and her boss Colonel Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson). Now he just has to live long enough to figure out the rest. Joe Carnahan has taken the whole Groundhog Day /time loop idea and made it into a high-octane action movie. From start to finish Boss Level  is pure insanity, and it revels in it - especially in the inventive ways it manages to keep killing our hero. The whole thing plays out like a video game, especially when it comes to the splendiferously over the top action. In any other situation you'd question how a man could get away with causing so much carnage without the appearance of a single police of

The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown | Average Guy TV Review

  Clarkson, Hammond and May are off on another adventure, and during lockdown. This time they're driving across Scotland in three American cars from the 1970's, in an attempt to discover why cars from across the pond never really took off here in the UK. Which can only mean one thing... no caravan is safe! You'd think a road trip in 2020 wouldn't be all that entertaining, instead, Lochdown  actually proves to be one of The Grand Tour 's better episodes, in recent memory anyway. The fact is the car nut trio's last couple of outings have been a little gimmicky, but the restrictions forced them to go back to basics with this one. Which as it turns out, is a very good thing.  The whole thing actually feels less scripted, like they were able to rely on the random occurrences that can occur with any road trip.  It certainly doesn't take long for the laughs to start flowing.  Lochdown  actually feels like classic Top Gear  - three loveable idiots pissing about in c

The Tomorrow War | Average Guy Movie Review

Christmas 2022, soldiers from the future arrive to warn us of a global conflict that threatens the entire human race. In response, the governments of the world initiate a draft and begin sending waves of troops into the future to fight.  If you're thinking this all sounds kind of like  The Terminator , only in reverse, you wouldn't be far wrong. In fact it seems to draw inspiration from several classic franchises, including  Alien . Even with a slightly different take on the whole time travel thing - don't worry, this isn't like  Avengers: Endgame  -  The Tomorrow War  is a pretty standard sci-fi/action movie. As you can imagine it's all  a bit bleak; alien invasion, human extinction - yep, sounds bleak. But the movie does have a fun side - like every time Sam Richardson picks up a weapon. This is an alien invasion/time travel movie, after all, so if we're not having a little fun, what are we doing here?   All of the usual questions and paradoxes apply as our he

The Ice Road | Average Guy Movie Review

When an explosion traps 26 miners underground at a remote diamond mine in Canada, a risky plan is put together to deliver the equipment needed for the rescue effort. A team of ice road truckers must drive the equipment to the mine along an ice road, and they have only thirty hours before the miners run out of air. But given that it's April, there's a chance that the ice may not be thick enough to hold the rigs and their cargo. Do you ever get the feeling that Liam Neeson enjoys working in really cold environments? The Grey , Cold Pursuit , and now The Ice Road . This would certainly suggest he isn't averse to the idea, anyway. But if you're thinking that this simply sounds like Ice Road Truckers  the movie, you're only half right.  As an action/thriller, however,  The Ice Road  never really manages to be all that thrilling, even with Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne headlining.  A movie about a team of truckers battling the elements should make for quite a tense a

Honest Thief | Average Guy Movie Review

After successfully robbing a series of banks, Tom Dolan (Liam Neeson) meets Annie Wilkins (Kate Walsh), and they soon fall in love. However Tom decides that if they are to have a chance at a happy life together, he must first pay for his sins. But when he tries to turn himself in, he is framed for murder by two corrupt FBI agents looking to keep the stolen money for themselves. Now Tom must utilise his "particular set of skills" to clear his name... so he can turn himself in and go to prison. The first thing that strikes you when watching Honest Thief  is; if you're a bank robber looking to give up your life of crime, and the authorities have no clue who you are, maybe just stop robbing banks. It seems like a lot less hassle. You can always find a way to anonymously return the money, that is, if you want to. The second thing that strikes you is that simply quitting being a bank robber would definitely be the easier choice, given all of the extra crimes you'll have to

Without Remorse | Average Guy Movie Review

When his wife and several members of his Seal team are killed, Senior Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordon) takes it upon himself to find the killers. But when he discovers that the killings are part of a larger conspiracy - one with global ramifications - he is forced to work with the government in order to catch the real culprit. Amazon expands on the Tom Clancy universe they established with the John Krasinski led Jack Ryan , by introducing one of his well-known allies; John Kelly (A.K.A. John Clark). However, Ryan is more analyst than action man (certainly at first, anyway), whereas Kelly is an 'operator', and his entrance into this world is slightly more explosive. Despite being more of a blunt instrument, Kelly is intuitive and resourceful, something Jordan carries well. A scene involving Kelly posing as a drunk is a perfect example of this (even if the costume department didn't dirty him up enough). The actor also brings an intensity and determination to the role, mak